Recipes for homemade dumplings 5 times differently! Try leavened and unleavened varieties.

Dumplings are a traditional Czech accompaniment, mainly to sauces.

A lot of novice cooks are afraid of them, but they just need to follow certain principles and they are guaranteed to succeed.

We have prepared 5 easy bread dumpling recipes for you, including one for celiacs.

Enjoy it!

Yeasted bun dumpling

A favorite classic from grandma, which you can serve as a side dish to various sauces or roast meat. You don’t have to worry about it, everyone can do it with our recipe!


  • 500 g semi-coarse flour
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml of milk
  • half a cube of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 4 older buns


  1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in lukewarm milk, add a little flour and leave to rise.
  2. Cut the older buns into small cubes.
  3. Mix the salt in the flour, add the yeast.
  4. We work the dough well, add the buns and let it rise.
  5. Put the risen dough on a plate and divide it into two parts.
  6. Shape each one into a dumpling shape, let it rise a little more.
  7. Brush the bottom of the dumplings with oil, put them in a pot with a steaming insert and cover them.
  8. Steam, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  9. Brush the top of the finished dumpling with oil.
  10. Enjoy it!
Sliced bun dumpling on a plate.

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Karlovy Vary bread dumpling

A great Czech accompaniment to sauces that no one can resist! Prepare this luxurious dumpling with fresh herbs easily at home.


  • 10 pieces of pastry (buns, rolls)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup coarse flour
  • 1-2 cups of milk
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 100 g of butter
  • salt to taste
  • fresh chives
  • sprig of parsley


  1. Put softened butter in a large bowl, rub it with egg yolks and a pinch of salt.
  2. Add chopped chives and chives.
  3. Cut the rolls or buns and add them to the bowl with the butter.
  4. Add enough lukewarm milk to properly moisten the rolls and mix.
  5. Add whipped egg whites and flour as needed.
  6. Transfer the prepared mass to foil, shape into a cylinder and wrap.
  7. We can also use a tea towel and rubber band the ends.
  8. This is how we prepare the second dumpling.
  9. Put in hot water and cook for about 45-50 minutes on a low flame.
  10. Remove the finished dumplings from the water and let them cool in foil.
  11. Then cut and serve.
Sliced buns dumpling on a tray that is placed on a tea towel.

Gluten-free dumpling

If you can’t tolerate gluten for any other reason, we have a great recipe for you as well, according to which you can prepare the best dumpling for celiacs!


  • 500 g gluten-free flour Mix B
  • 21 g of fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 400 ml of lukewarm water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar


  1. We will prepare all the ingredients.
  2. Sift the flour and add salt to it.
  3. Beat the egg.
  4. Prepare yeast from yeast, 150 ml of water and sugar.
  5. First put oil on the bottom of the container, then add 250 ml of lukewarm water, apple cider vinegar, beaten egg and yeast.
  6. If you don’t have fresh yeast at home, mix 1 packet of dry yeast into the flour.
  7. Add sifted flour with salt.
  8. We turn on the home bakery to the “dough” program and let the dough rise in it.
  9. If you don’t have a bakery, simply mix the dough and let it rise in a warm place.
  10. Oil the food film and the dumpling mold.
  11. Pour water into the largest pot (28 cm or more), cover with a lid and let it boil.
  12. Turn the risen dough onto oiled foil.
  13. Shape into a dumpling shape with oiled hands and transfer to a mold.
  14. Place the mold in a pot of hot water and cover with a lid.
  15. Put the flame on a medium level and cook for 30 minutes.
  16. Enjoy your meal!
One whole dumpling and the other sliced, both placed on a cutting board.

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Dumpling without yeast

The dumpling doesn’t have to be just leavened. The yeast-free version is easier to prepare and the result will not be as fluffy as you are used to with a classic bread dumpling, but you will still enjoy it!


  • 450 g semi-coarse flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 260 ml of water
  • aged bread cut into cubes, about one handful


  1. Cut the rest of the bread into cubes and leave to dry.
  2. Beat eggs into the flour, add baking powder, salt and water.
  3. We wipe everything and incorporate the bread cubes.
  4. The dough should be soft, but not like yeast.
  5. It needs to be stronger and more malleable and hold together.
  6. Divide the dough into two parts and form a longer cylinder from each part.
  7. If the dough is too sticky to your hands, wet your palms with water.
  8. Boil water in a deep saucepan.
  9. The container must be large enough, the dumplings will increase in volume.
  10. When the water starts to boil, put the dumpling in it and cook for 15 minutes under the lid on a low flame.
  11. After fifteen minutes, turn the dumpling in the water and cook for another 15 minutes.
  12. Remove the dumpling and let it drain and transfer to a dry place.
  13. We cut the slices using a string or strong thread.
One dumpling whole and the other cut into strips.

A simple bread dumpling from the home bakery

If you have a bakery at home, there is nothing easier than to prepare the dumplings directly in it and then just cook them. Go ahead!


  • 1⁄2 liter of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 kg coarse flour
  • 1 and 1⁄2 teaspoons of salt
  • 20 g of yeast
  • 2-3 rolls or buns (optional)


  1. We put all the ingredients in the bakery and turn on the “Dough” program.
  2. After the end of the program, we take out the dough and shape the dumplings.
  3. Cook the dumplings in boiling water for 10 minutes on each side.
Three slices of dumpling with sauce served on a plate.

Cook in water or steam?

  • Some cook dumplings in water, others in steam.
  • One of the differences is the outer structure of the dumplings .
  • If you cook the dumpling directly in water, its outside will be sticky .
  • Steaming will give you a nice uniform texture with little cracks .
  • The cooking time of the dumpling , either in steam or in water, is also important.
  • If the dumplings are cooked too long, they will harden .
  • If we cook them and leave them in hot water or covered in a hot pot, the dumpling will shrink and harden .
  • First, remove the pot from the stove, then lift the lid and take out the dumplings.
  • There should be no deflation , the outer skin may shrink a bit, but not enough to change the actual structure of the dumpling.

Bread dumplings can be served with classic sauces, e.g. dill, tomato, cucumber. But they are also suitable for recipes with stewed cabbage with meat or many types of goulash .

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